Calcutta: For the first time in recent memory, the West Indies goes into a global competition as one of the favourites for the title, the status bestowed upon it courtesy the number of match-winners it possesses.
First up for the West Indies, is Australia, on Saturday. Understandably, on match eve, George Bailey spent a fair amount of time elucidating plans to counter Chris Gayle's explosive ball-striking and Sunil Narine's unorthodox spin bowling.
"He is a big factor," Australia's skipper said of Gayle. "He is a good player. He hits some of the biggest sixes in Twenty20 cricket and his batting stats speak for themselves. We've got to be spot-on because the West Indies at their best are very, very dangerous.
"They are one of the best teams in the world. They are so destructive with the bat, they have good balance, good depth with the ball, certainly a very, very good team.
"They are one of the best fielding sides and that counts for a lot in Twenty20," he said.